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Can Pakistan make a flying start in Lahore?

Can Pakistan make a flying start in Lahore?

That's all from us today. Do join us tomorrow for Game 2. Till then, ciao!

Shoaib Malik it is! Takes out the MoM for his brilliant fifty.

Pakistan win by 5 wickets.A victory with three balls to spare for Pakistan. They go 1-0 up in the series. Malik held their hand throughout the chase, finishing with a fine 58 not out, laced with five boundaries. No flashy knock this, but he brought his experience to the fore. The pitch, despite the first impressions, wasn't the easiest to play your strokes on. But all's well that ends well, eh? Pakistan end their losing streak in the format.Stay tuned for Man of the Match... my money's on Malik.

There's another setback for Pakistan, for Imad Wasim has fallen to Al-Amin but that shouldn't stand in the way for Pakistan. Malik guiding them through, and well.

Fifty for Malik:Experience matters! Lofted drive back over the bowlers head and he could have been caught but the ball evades the excellent diving effort of the man in the deep and runs to the ropes. Eighth half-century in T20Is for Malik.

A tad bit late but here's a wicket for Bangladesh. Edged and caught. Shafiul tempted Iftikhar Ahmed into a drive but his foot didn't move much.A decent edge for the keeper as Pakistan lose their fourth wicket.

Ahsan falls:Generously tossed up legbreak. Ahsan takes the bait and goes for a lofted drive, only to send it straight into the hands of the man at long-off. Aminul Islam gets the crucial, crucial breakthrough for Bangladesh here. Pakistan were cruising with that third-wicket partnership but now will have to rethink strategy.

Pakistan on course: 28 singles in last 30 deliveries and the other two have been boundaries! Pakistan are slowly and steadily chipping away. Malik and Ahsan Ali have ensured the early setbacks don't hold them back for long.

Hafeez and Ahsan Ali were just about starting to look threatening but Mustafizur, after going for some runs earlier in his spell, has produced a vital wicket for Bangladesh.Hafeez departs, soft dismissal for the Pakistan veteran. Slower off-cutter and Hafeez hurried into his stroke. Lobs the leading edge to the man at cover. Here's another veteran, Shoaib Malik

Babar Azam falls off just the second ball of the chase and takes Pakistan's review with him! He's given caught behind the the expressions on his face reveal he believes he's not edged it. The UltraEdge though shows a fair and clear spike as the ball passes his bat and it's a fair take, too, behind the stumps. Early setback for Pakistan.

We're back on.

Innings break.Pakistan would be happy having restricted them to 141.

Mahmudullah and Mithun get a boundary each in the final over to give Bangladesh a totalof 141/5 from their 20 overs. Pakistan's target is 142 to win, and it shouldn't be difficult given the conditions.Be back in 15.

Shaheen Afridi opens his account too. Soumya Sarkar the victim.Slower ball fro Afridi and Sarkar completely fails t o read that. The ball crashes into the top of leg stump. 5 down at the end of 19 overs, 128 on the board.

Haris Rauf joins the party.The debutant gets a wicket now. 144kmph delivery and Afif Hossain swings wildly across the line. The middle pole is knocked back as Rauf takes off for a celebratory run. Maiden T20I wicket for him.

Pakistan are clawing their way back with some wickets here.Liton Das is run out first, after a laboured 12 off 13 balls. And now the set batsmen, Naim falls. Big one this because he was the set batsmen who could have really exploded in the death overs. Shimmies down the track but doesn't get to the pitch of the ball. Goes for a glory lofted shot and holes out to long-on. Shadab is the bowler.

It had to be a run out. The way the two openers were going, Pakistan had dropped their guard and were looking to contain rather than prise out wickets. And against the run of play, Tamim falls trying to steal an extra run. He completed one and wanted to turn it into a double, but falls just short. A wicket at last for Pakistan - with the final ball of the 11th over. They won't mind how it comes.

Tamim run out after Bangladesh's solid start

50 up for Bangladesh. Still wicketless, Pakistan.

Bangladesh off to solid start: The openers have laid a solid platform for Bangladesh, putting on 41 runs in the first seven without being separated. The pitch is a delight for the batsmen and at this rate and with this platform, Bangladesh are well set for a strong total.

Ready to go. Here come Tamim and Naim. Imad Wasim has the new ball.

Playing XIs:

Bangladesh:Tamim Iqbal, Mohammad Naim, Afif Hossain, Liton Das(w), Mahmudullah(c), Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Mithun, Aminul Islam, Shafiul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Al-Amin Hossain

Toss: Bangladesh opt to bat

Prelude - Fresh start under Babar Azam

After excruciating rounds of 'will they, won't they' regarding Bangladesh's trip to Pakistan, they're finally in Lahore, ready to kick off the first phase of their three-part tour, with the T20I series. Once they're sure of Pakistan's security arrangements, next on their agenda should be to sort out their T20 game, what with the World Cup coming up later this year.

Bangladesh come into the series with two stalwarts missing from their ranks - Shakib Al Hasan, through his ban, and Mushfiqur Rahim, who opted out of travelling to Pakistan. Pressure on other senior folks in the squad, like Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar and skipper Mahmudullah, to carry the burden of performances. They also have experience in the bowling department via Rubel Hossain and Mustafizur Rahman.

For Pakistan, this is a fresh start under Babar Azam. Pakistan's best batter in shorter formats in 2019 had a humbling start to life as Pakistan captain in Australia, but has now been handed a revamped squad that sees the return of Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez.

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